This Blade HQ Exclusive version of the Boker Lancer 42 showcases a zebrawood handle with a stainless steel frame and a stonewashed D2 blade.
Knifemaker Serge Panchenko established a name for himself with his extremely popular Dog Tag series of folding knives. The Boker Lancer 42 builds off that unique EDC design, while providing a very pocketable and politically correct knife. It offers a profile that is more slim and lightweight than most full size pocket knives, with a sturdy build you can depend on during hard jobs. A stainless steel frame lock solidifies the tough build while providing superb lock up. This Panchenko design is finished off with a pocket clip positioned for tip-up carry.
I've been looking at the all G10 version for some time now. I seen this great deal, could not pass it up. The zebrawood adds a bit of uniqueness. Perhaps not an everyday carry knife, but goes well into a rotation. I love it!!!.... With all the world is going through these days with COVID=19, I didn't expect to receive it so soon.... very pleased!
This is my first Boker knife, and man do I like it. I love a smaller profile and am perfectly fine with a nail notch on such a small EDC. I'm obsessed with the the blade shape and thickness: It's practical, effective, and cool looking. The D2 steel on this is great quality, and is CRAZY sharp. I have mixed feelings on it though: D2 is difficult to sharpen, and while it will last a LONG time under normal use, I do personally prefer something easier to sharpen. That's just my opinion though so no gripe on the actual knife. My only two issues: The zebrawood, while looks nice paired with this knife, I question it's durability. It's kind of just a thin faceplace on one side that I feel if dropped once may crack. Hopefully it can be replaced? My other gripe is out of the box, there is a small inconsistent burr along one side of the knife. May have slipped through QC. Is it the end of the world? No, I'm sure I can get it touched up somewhere and It'll be fine, but I feel that a factory edge should not still have a burr. All in all I love it, and I am definitely planning on trying other Boker knives. Catch this on sale (I think I payed under 40) and this is actually a 5/5 knife no questions asked. As I'm writing this the sale price is 44.99, completely worth it IMHO.
Blade comes nice and sharp, the action is very smooth. Wish it had more durable bronze washers, but I've never worn out a washer before so I'm sure it will be fine. Downside is the zebrawood is thin and tappy. Also I snapped the corner of the wood trying to put on a lanyard.So.. I kind of hate it as I'll never carry a knife with a broken scale. Treat it as an EDC, not a hard use knife and you'll be fine. I emailed Boker for a replacement scale and will see what they say. Will update when I hear back from them.
So, I got this one when it was on a 1 day sale that was too good to pass up. While it has a certain charm, it is not without its issues. Lets start with what I like: The size is perfect (I always carry in my jeans' watch pocket). The zebra wood is beautiful. The action, once I hit it with KPL, is silky smooth (recommend KPL). The style is simple and work friendly (wont freak people out). Frame lock is super clicky and easy to use (I usually have problems with frame locks). Feels fine in hand (ive got christmas hams, too). I wouldnt want to do any heavy work with it, but I don't think that is its purpose. So here is where the stars went: It cant be opened one handed (at least i couldnt). The nail nick is super tiny and the frame just doesn't give you any room to get at it with your thumb. While the zebra wood is pretty, it doesn't appear to have been treated as it came stained around the pivot (I'm assuming from the factory lubrication). It looked like a used knife. Speaking of lubrication, the action was a little rough at first. Like I said, a little hit with KPL was all that was needed, but there ya go. The fit and finish is off in several places where the scale on one side doesn't line up with the other. The blade is way off center (no blade play though). I find this with a lot with frame locks, but particularly off with this one. So if those things don't bother you, this is a great knife and well worth the money I paid for it, but if I had to pay MSRP, I would not have been so happy.
Just got mine in the mail. Looks great but, with the lack of a flipper tab, there is no one hand operation. You should have a strong thumb nail to open the blade. Also, the indent under the pocket clip really grabs onto your pant pocket and makes it difficult to deploy. Might send back.